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Trump denies House request for Flynn documents

General Michael Flynn

Where are the subpoenas? CNN: White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short outlined in a letter to the House oversight committee how it would not complete the request from the panel, referring some requests to the Department of Defense, saying the office doesn’t have custody of some of the other documents or simply stating “we… Continue Reading →

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Is the Senate investigation of Trump-Russia as corrupt as Nunes?

Richard Burr - Caricature

It all started out very nice and cozy as Sen. Burr and Sen. Warner held a bipartisan-like Senate Intel Committee press conference, full of hugs and emojis signaling their investigation into Russia’s activities wouldn’t resemble anything like the corrupt nature of Chairman Nunes’ operation. If you were hopeful these fine folks would take care of business… Continue Reading →

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Give us the wall, or your healthcare gets it

Via Raw Story. Dear God, Mulvaney is a shameless prick:

After years of Republican obstructionism under Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that it was the Democrats who are guilty of “stunning” obstructionism because they will not negotiate on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

During an interview one Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that the President Donald Trump had offered Democrats a deal: If you fund the border wall, payments to Obamacare will not be cut.

“You are holding hostage health insurance for millions of lower-income Americans,” Wallace pointed out.

“Actually, what I would say is they’re holding hostage national security,” Mulvaney replied. “Again, something they supported in the recent past when President Obama was in the Senate.”

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The wrath of Steve?

Steve Bannon

If Steve Bannon is fired, Politico’s Ben Schreckinger believes that Donald Trump and his new best friends in the West Wing might rue the day: I asked friends and foes alike to imagine how, should Bannon get the boot, the pugnacious populist might exact his revenge. Taken together, their suggestions amount to an epic, Kill Bill-style… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court to consider gun case

Gorsuch takes oath of office

The U.S. Supreme Court, including the newly confirmed conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, will soon conference to hear arguments in a gun-rights case from California that has the potential to expand the Second Amendment. Related: Supreme Court denies hearing case challenging assault weapons ban In Peruta v. California, the justices would decide whether the Second Amendment… Continue Reading →

Trump’s invisible man

The well-manicured Washington, D.C., suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is probably what President Donald Trump’s supporters imagine when they whoop about draining the capital’s “swamp.” A high-income enclave of Volvo-driving, wine-sipping, NPR-listening lawyers, lobbyists, journalists and government bureaucrats, Chevy Chase is such a liberal stronghold that local Republicans said last year they were afraid to plant… Continue Reading →

Dancing With The Stars contestant added to Nationa Security Council

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WASHINGTON — Rick Perry was named to the National Security Council in a memo released on Wednesday, putting the secretary of energy and longtime Texas governor into Donald Trump’s inner circle for national security decisions. The decision was part of a larger reshuffling of the NSC announced in a notice published in the federal register that… Continue Reading →

Another Putin backchannel

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You remember the excreable Erik Prince, accused Blackwater war criminal and brother of Betsy DeVos? Still up to his un-American tricks:

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Remember that Alfa Bank server in Trump Tower that was communicating with Russia during the campaign? Spectrum Health has a relationship with Alfa Bank. Dick DeVos, Betsy’s husband, leads Spectrum Health.

And now Erik Prince. Another piece drops into place.

Together, Alfa and Spectrum accounted for 99% of the lookups.

Oh, and there’s this lovely story about Sebastien Gorka.

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